Law Office of Susan F. Zinder, PLLC

Law Office of Susan F. Zinder PLLC


Relevant Practice Areas — Governance


  • Modernized outdated not-for-profit corporate structure to achieve more effective corporate governance through the preparation, revision and restatement of corporate bylaws and other board level corporate policies and procedures (including, among others, those associated with conflicts of interest and fundraising)
  • Advised and educated governing board members on their oversight responsibilities under federal and New York law, including, among other things, the oversight of quality, risk management and compliance activities, and the changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law under the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013
  • Regularly prepared and delivered written and oral reports to governing boards regarding strategic and routine matters to ensure effective and compliant board operations and processes consistent with corporate mission
  • Formed not-for-profit entities (both ones that are independent as well as entities within existing corporate structures), and applied for federal and state tax exemption for newly formed entities, as well as maintained real estate tax exemptions for established entities

Corporate Counsel:

  • Coordinated, on behalf of governing board, independent investigations into allegations of senior management misconduct
  • Reported to board on risk management program, including litigation case panel, and made recommendations regarding the defense and settlement of professional liability, general liability and employment liability cases
  • Advised governing board on purchase and renewal of directors and officers liability insurance policies
  • Organized governing board agendas, meetings and recordkeeping processes and materials so as to promote and facilitate effective corporate governance
  • Prepared board orientation materials, minutes and resolutions
  • Educated management personnel on effective board presentation methods

Corporate Compliance:

  • Educated governing boards on legal and regulatory expectations regarding their oversight of corporate compliance generally and other issues in particular, including HIPAA, physician and executive compensation, conflicts of interest, etc.
  • Designed, implemented, assessed and revised organizational codes of conduct generally and conflicts of interest policies and procedures in particular
  • Regularly advised boards on corporate compliance issues and concerns


  • Prepared governing board response to regulatory citation alleging ineffective governance processes with respect to quality of care
  • Educated governing boards on governance expectations of healthcare regulators and accreditation bodies
  • Guided hospital board through separation of the hospital from its corporate parent

Information Technology:

  • Advised governing boards on oversight responsibilities with respect to information technology infrastructure
  • Guided governing board through the replacement of hospital’s information technology infrastructure (both hardware and software)
  • Advised hospital governing board regarding impact of Meaningful Use compliance and strategic initiatives necessary to achieve compliance

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